Skip to main content

Did you know? - How to turn off your computer -- completely

TechnologyIQ Logo

Listen to this episode | Listen Backup


I know that most people don't know this little tidbit, as I always get such a response when I mention it during an Internet Seminar or with a client.

The next time your computer stops responding, and they all do at one time or another, you will need to turn the computer off completely. In the old days, when PCs had big, red, mechanical switches, this was easy. Throw the big red switch and all power was removed from the computer. Flip is again and the computer started up.

These days though, computers (and many other pieces of technology) have electronic switchs. You may not know it, but your computer is always "on" in some small way. If you open up the case, you may even see LEDs glowing, even though the computer is supposedly "off".

So, how do you make your computer turn off completely, so you can restart it afresh? (In the old days we called this a "cold boot.", by the way). Well, you can do what many of my clients end up doing and pull the power cord out of the back the computer. Now, as you might imagine, this probably isn't a really good idea. Pulling the cord can cause power spikes and surges and do nasty things to your computer. Still, you do need to turn it off, though.

The best way to power off your computer completely it to hold in the power button for 10-20 seconds until the entire computer shuts down. You can usually tell when it has done this, as the monitor will go blank and you will no longer hear the humming of the computer's fan or hard disks.

While this still isn't something you want to do every day, it can get you out of a sticky spot and back on the road to troubleshooting what occured. Even better, this trick works with nearly any piece of technology.

* Cell phone confused? try holding down the power button to shut it off.
* iPod crashed? Hold down particular keys to reset it. - from Apple.com
* Digital camera hung up? Hold down the power button.

Note: Pressing your power button once, tapping it, will often cause the computer to go into Standby or Sleep. It still isn't off completely. Remember, you need to hold the power button in for 10-20 secs and listen for the "click" that tells you it has turned off.

Of course, if your computer is hanging or crashing on a regular basis, you need someone to take a look at it or have it repaired. Today's computer shouldn't be crashing more than once a week, and even then I would probably be trying to discover what was wrong.

Do you have a question or comment? Use the Comments link below, call the reader/listener line at 206-338-5832, email to techiq@welchwrite.com or post your question on the Friends in Tech Forums.




Support TechnologyIQ:

iTunes Review | Digg.com | Podcast Alley | Reader/Listener Line @ 206-338-5832



Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Onion Pi makes your web traffic anonymous via Open Electronics

Hmmm, might be an easy (and relatively cheap) way to play around with Tor and learn a bit more about this anonymizing service. -- Douglas Adafruit’s Onion Pi is a Tor proxy that makes your web traffic anonymous, allowing you to use the internet free of snoopers and any kind of surveillance. Follow Adafruit’s tutorial on setting up Onion Pi and you’re on your way to a peaceful anonymous browsing experience. Tor is an onion routing service – every internet packet goes through 3 layers of relays before going to your destination. This makes it much harder for the server you are accessing (or anyone snooping on your Internet use) to figure out who you are and where you are coming from. Read Onion Pi makes your web traffic anonymous via Open Electronics * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! An interesting link found among my daily reading

How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Digital Photo Frame via Tom's Hardware

A digital photo frame is a small screen that can sit on your desk in your office or in your kitchen displaying your favorite pictures, changing at regular intervals. The first commercial digital photo frame was introduced in the 1990s shortly after the digital camera. Digital photo frames made a comeback in popularity during 2020, perhaps because people were staying at home more. In this tutorial, we’ll turn our Raspberry Pi into a digital photo frame using MagicMirror and the GooglePhotos module. Please note, we will skip installation of the 2-way mirror in the original Magic Mirror project. Consider this project, “Magic Mirror, without the mirror.” Read How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Digital Photo Frame via Tom's Hardware An interesting link found among my daily reading

On my Mac/Windows PC…Disk Inventory X/WinDirStat

Disk Inventory X | WinDirStat   There comes a time in every computer user's life when they need to figure out why their hard drive is out of space and Disk Inventory X and WinDirStat are a great help. Their operation is pretty straightforward. Look at the hard drive directory and see what is taking up the most space. Then allow the user to prune, backup or other remove these files to free up some space. Simple, effective and very, very useful when you need it. Free Previously in On My Mac... iMovie Tweetdeck Celtx Scriptwriting Software LogMeIn Kindle Reader MarsEdit Blog Editor Cyberduck Minecraft Dropbox Garageband MPEG Streamclip Google Chrome Evernote On My Mac/Windows PC is an on-going series highlighting the software (and sometimes, hardware) I use on my Mac nearly every day. Look for additional On My Mac…posts in the coming weeks! -- Douglas